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Cheese is bad for your health

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7000.336 (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:336
  1. David Reilly

    There was a lot of talk about cheese during a recent visit to New Zealand and certainly the variety available had greatly improved. But it was not until I had received one or two funny looks from my medical friends that I found that they were referring to CHEs, or crown health enterprises, which are equivalent to trust hospitals in Britain. It was interesting to see that all the ideological claptrap familiar to us has also infected New Zealand: people who are not doctors said that the health service had been run for far too long for the benefit of doctors and nurses and not for patients. It seems unlikely, however, that the reforms will have quite the same destructive effect. There is more geographical isolation in New Zealand, so hospitals will not savage each other to death in the same way. In addition, hospitals are starting to specialise instead of trying to do everything in order to compete in the new market.

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